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On this day in fashion history…

To the fashion world and her glamorous clientele, the Ukrainian-born New York-based couturier Valentina Nicholaevna Sanina Schlee was known simply as Valentina. Born on this day in 1899, Valentina came to America in 1923 with her husband and opened her … Continue reading

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Uniformed Individuality: Military-Inspired Fashion of the 1980s (Part I)

When flipping through fashion magazines from the 1980s it is clear that fashion designers of the time were fascinated with the past. But, it is not just one period in the past, but rather a wild mix of influences that makes the … Continue reading

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March Treasure of The Month- André Studios

I am especially thrilled to introduce this month’s treasure, as I was one the many who worked on this wonderful project. This is a collaboration between the Picture Collection of The New York Public Library  and FIT’s Special Collections. It … Continue reading

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Then & Now

(left)Francisco Goya, Mourning Portrait of the Duchess of Alba, Duquesa de Alba, 1797 Oil on Canvas.The Hispanic Society ofAmerica,New York City. (right) Jean Paul Gaultier, Spring 2012 Couture. Style.com

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Haute Couture techniques with expert Claire Shaeffer

By  Anna Yanofsky The only thing better than spending a long morning ogling a rack of couture garments, is doing so with an expert guide. In her many years as one of sewing’s premiere Haute Couture technique experts, teachers, and … Continue reading

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(left) Mantle Coat, Cristobal Balenciaga, 1950. Photograph by Irving Penn. (right) Stephane Rolland Spring 2011 haute couture. Image from Style.com

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‘Undressing the Fashionable Myth’ Symposium

Haute Couture or Not Couture By Ariele Elia The founders of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture established an exclusive trade union in 1868 that would come to include couture houses such as Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. … Continue reading

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